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Residents of private houses in Khabarovsk Territory settlement being evacuated urgently

September 03, 2013, 9:42 UTC+3

People apply for accommodation at temporary centers at a school in the Mendeleyev settlement

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Morgulis

Photo ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Morgulis

KHABAROVSK, September 3 (Itar-Tass) - The water level in Amur River near Komsomolsk-on-Amur has reached 820 centimeters by 08:00 local time (01:00 Moscow time) on Tuesday. The water is flowing quickly in the Mendeleyev settlement, a threat of full flood has emerged.

“The situation is emergency, the city authorities decided to evacuate urgently residents from the private sector in the Mendeleyev settlement,” the press service of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur authorities told Itar-Tass.

Temporary centers are placed to accommodate people evacuated in the city. People apply for accommodation at temporary centers at the Mendeleyev school number 13.

The local residents are recommended to take away personal belongings and bring their cars to the safe place.

Not all people agreed to leave their flooded houses.

“The water near Komsomolsk is growing by 17-20 centimeters every day. By September 15 the water level may reach 950-980 centimeters. This water level has never been reported in Komsomolsk,” RusHydro official Vyacheslav Parshin told Itar-Tass.

Rescuers keep reinforcing the dams in the town of Yunost waiting for an abnormal flood.

On September 1, the dam gave a leak in the settlement Khorpinsky in the Leninsky district of the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The dam did not resist the water level, which is flooding quickly the streets. The rescuers evacuated the residents of the settlement from the flood zone, helped evacuate personal belongings, cattle and pets.

The works continue to reinforce the dams on Tuesday. Emergency workers from the North-western search-and-rescue unit from St. Petersburg joined local rescuers.

“The road to the settlement has been washed out, the rescuers are evacuating local residents by cross-country vehicles and boats. The houses, where people are staying, are being kept under control, local residents will be evacuated compulsorily if necessary,” the Far Eastern regional emergency situation department reported.

Rescuers from the Khabarovsk office of the Far Eastern regional search-and-rescue unit in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and the rescue unit from the town of Yunost came for help to the flood-affected people.

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